This is a 20 year old top freezer model in a beach rental house (weekly rentals). No ice maker. It gets 3 months of heavy usage, 2 months of light usage and 7 months of no usage. Have had no problems at all. I keep the coils clean. In an effort to try to fix what MIGHT POSSIBLY go wrong I pre-emptively replaced the defrost timer and start relay in 2010.
If it ever gives out during the rental season it will be a mess. It may take a while to get a repairman in and do I want to spend money on a 20 year old box? Then it takes time to get a new unit bought, delivered, installed and cooling. That is - if I can find a suitable unit locally. Meanwhile my guests for 7 days are using a cooler I guess. Not good.
I was considering buying a new top freezer - nothing too fancy - a good Whirlpool unit as I am riveted to Samurai's brand recommendations. The whole idea would be to get ahead of the old fridge failing. But given what I understand is the drop-off in quality / reliability these days versus the past - I wonder if this is a wise move?
Or are there other parts I should replace / have on hand (pre-emptively)?
Thanks for your thoughts.